The Future of Spunlace Nonwovens to 2024

In 2019 global demand for spunlace nonwovens is projected to reach 1.38 million tonnes, or 31.1 billion square metres, valued at $6.2 billion.

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Product type: Market report
Date of publication: 28 Feb 2019
Product format: Hard copy, Digital copy
Number of tables: Over 120
  • This sector of the nonwovens market has seen high growth and high margins in response to new demands for wipe products and technical innovation.
  • This is set to continue through to 2024, even as the industry responds to new challenges including a surplus of production capacity. This in-depth study from Smithers Pira charts how ongoing demand will push worldwide consumption of spunlace nonwovens at a 7.9% CAGR to reach 2.01 million tonnes in 2024.
  • Future profitability will also depend on evolving current spunlace formats to shifting end-user and regulatory requirements, and include the implementation of new production technologies.

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Our exclusive content:

  • Authoritative market sizings and forecasts for future consumption of spunlace nonwovens in all major end-uses for 2014-2024
  • Detailed profiling of evolving technical demands and market penetration of eight different spunlace formats 
  • Over 120 data tables and figures giving unparalleled strategic and commercial insight.

What methodology is used?

This brand new study derives from a combination of in-depth primary and secondary research.

Primary research included interviews with key market and technical staff across the world value chain for spunlace nonwovens. Key participants included personnel from producers, raw material suppliers, process equipment suppliers and end-users.

Secondary research included information acquired from technical literature, reports, papers, conference proceedings, company information, and other trade, business and government sources.

What will you discover?

  • Current and future demand for spunlace nonwovens segmented by raw material, spunlace process, end-use application, and geographic market for 2014-2024
  • A strategic oversight of supply chains and key market drivers for spunlace nonwovens globally
  • Expert insight into the commercial landscape for spunlace nonwovens, including production capacities, regulatory developments and profiles of leading manufacturers.

Who should buy this report?

  • Spunlace non-wovens converters
  • Non-woven raw material suppliers
  • Manufacturers of wipes and other spunlace products
  • Suppliers of non-woven processing equipment
  • Consultants and analysts.

table of contents

Executive Summary       

Introduction and methodology

  • Objectives          24
  • Scope    24
  • Methodology    29
  • Definitions          30

Market overview for spunlace nonwovens

  • Introduction       38
  • Supply chain dynamics   38
    • Disposable products       39
      • Fibres/polymers               40
        • Polymers             40
        • Fibres    40
      • Spunlace nonwovens producers 42
      • Converters         42
      • Brand owners    42
      • Retailers              43
    • Durable products             43
      • Fibres/polymers               44
      • Nonwovens producers  45
      • Converters         45
      • Brand owners    46
      • Distributors        46
  • Drivers and trends           46
    • Global economics and political issues      48
    • Spunlace supply and demand issues        49
    • Raw material supply and pricing 50
    • Sustainability     51
    • Resource conservation  52
      • Water   52
      • Arable soil           53
    • Performance requirements and developments   53
  • Key regulations 54
    • Regulations on flushable wipes  55
    • Regulations on industrial wipes 55
    • Regulations on flammability of bedding 56
    • Regulations of emissions from diesel engines      56

Technology forecasts 2019-2024

  • Introduction       59
  • Technology forecasts by end-use market               60
    • Hygiene               61
    • Medical 64
    • Baby wipes         66
    • Flushable personal care wipes    69
    • All other personal care wipes      74
    • Cleaning and disinfecting wipes 76
    • Other home care wipes 79
    • Industrial wipes 82
    • Filters    87
      • Air/gas  87
      • Liquid filters       89
    • Apparel 91
    • Coating substrate            95
    • Industrial             97

Spunlace nonwovens market by process, 2014-2024       

  • Introduction       99
  • Spunlace process variants             102
    • Card-card (CC) spunlace 108
  • Card/pulp/card (CPC) spunlace  110
    • Spunbond/pulp (SP) spunlace    111
    • Wetlaid spunlace (WLS) 114
    • Hydroentangled airlaid (HEA) spunlace   115
    • Others  117
      • Spunbond/pulp/carded (SPC)     118
      • Spunbond/spunbond (SS)            119
      • Carded/spunbond/carded (CSC) 120

Spunlace nonwovens market by material type 2014-2024

  • Introduction       121
  • Raw material share for spunlace nonwovens       125
    • CC spunlace        127
    • CPC spunlace     127
    • SP spunlace        127
    • WLS spunlace    128
    • HEA spunlace     128
  • Biodegradable fibres      128
    • Rayon/lyocell     131
    • Wood pulp          134
      • Fluff pulp             136
      • Specialty paper pulp       136
    • Cotton  137
    • Other    139
      • Polylactic acid (PLA) fibre             140
      • Flax and other natural fibres       143
        • Flax        143
        • Hemp    144
        • Abaca    144
        • Sisal       145
        • Kenaf (bast)       145
  • Non-biodegradable materials     145
    • Polyester fibre  148
    • Polypropylene fibre        150
    • Spunbond polypropylene             152

Spunlace nonwovens market by end use 2014-2024

  • Introduction       154
  • End-use markets for spunlace nonwovens            155
    • Disposable versus durable end uses         160
      • Disposable end uses       160
        • Hygiene               161
        • Medical 164
        • Wipes   166
        • Other disposable end uses           180
      • Durable end uses             181
        • Filters    181
        • Apparel 183
        • Coating substrate            184
        • Industrial             185
        • Other durables  186

Spunlace nonwovens market by geographic region 2014-2024

  • Introduction       188
  • North America   192
    • Analysis                192
    • North American market 194
  • South America   195
    • Analysis                195
    • South American market 196
  • Europe 197
    • Analysis                197
    • European market             199
  • Asia        200
    • Analysis                200
    • Asian market     202
  • Rest of the World (ROW)              203
    • Analysis                203
    • Rest of the World (ROW) markets             204

Company profiles

  • Introduction       207
  • Spunlace equipment suppliers   208
    • Andritz/Rieter   209
    • Fleissner/Trützschler      209
    • Internal 210
    • Zhengzhou Textile Machinery     210
    • Feilong 210
    • Voith-Trützschler             211
    • FSIC       211
    • Mitsubishi           211
    • Autefa  211
    • Smaller suppliers              212
  • Spunlace producers        212
    • Suominen           217
    • Jacob Holm         218
    • Dalian Ruiguang                218
    • Kimberly-Clark (including Yuhan Kimberly)            219
    • Sandler group    220
    • Berry Global       220
    • Spuntech             221
    • Nan Liu enterprise           222
    • Hangzhou NBond Nonwovens    222
    • Chuzhou Jinchun              223

tables and figures

Tables & figures

  • Table E.0 1 Top five spunlace producers, 2019 (by installed capacity)             12
  • Table E.0 2 Key drivers and trends for spunlace nonwovens through 2024      14
  • Figure E.1 Spunlace nonwovens market share by process variant, 2019 (tonnes)             16
  • Figure E.2 Spunlace nonwovens market share by process variant, 2024 (tonnes)             17
  • Figure E.3 Spunlace nonwovens consumption by end use, 2019 (tonnes)        19
  • Figure E.4 Spunlace nonwovens consumption by end use, 2024 (tonnes)        20
  • Figure E.5 Spunlace nonwovens consumption by region, 2019 (tonnes)          21
  • Figure E.6 Spunlace nonwovens consumption by region, 2024 (tonnes)          22
  • Table 1 1 Definition of geographical regions 28
  • Figure 2.1 General supply chain for spunlace nonwovens in disposable end uses            39
  • Table 2.2 1 Key drivers and trends for spunlace nonwovens through 2024      47
  • Figure 2.2 General supply chain for spunlace nonwovens in durable end uses 44
  • Table 3.3 1 Technology forecast for spunlace in hygiene end uses through 2024             61
  • Table 3.3 2 Technology transition table for spunlace in hygiene end uses       63
  • Table 3.3 3 Technology forecast for spunlace in medical end uses through 2024             64
  • Table 3.3 4 Technology transition table for spunlace in medical end uses       65
  • Table 3.3 5 Technology forecast for spunlace in baby wipes through 2024      68
  • Table 3.3 6 Technology transition table for spunlace in baby wipes 68
  • Table 3.3 7 Technology forecast for spunlace in flushable personal care wipes through 2024           69
  • Table 3.3 8 Technology transition table for spunlace in flushable personal care wipes     73
  • Table 3.3 9 Technology forecast for spunlace in other personal care wipes through 2024 75
  • Table 3.3 10 Technology transition table for spunlace in other personal care wipes         76
  • Table 3.3 11 Technology forecast for spunlace in cleaning and disinfecting wipes through 2024       77
  • Table 3.3 12 Technology transition table for spunlace in cleaning and disinfecting wipes 78
  • Table 3.3 13 Technology forecast for spunlace in other home care wipes through 2024   81
  • Table 3.3 14 Technology transition table for spunlace in other home care wipes             82
  • Table 3.3 15 Technology forecast for spunlace in industrial wipes through 2024             85
  • Table 3.3 16 Technology transition table for spunlace in industrial wipes       86
  • Table 3.3 17 Technology forecast for spunlace in filters through 2024            90
  • Table 3.3 18 Technology transition table for spunlace in filters      90
  • Table 3.3 19  Technology forecast for spunlace in apparel through 2024        93
  • Table 3.3 20 Technology transition table for spunlace in apparel   94
  • Table 3.3 21 Technology forecast for spunlace in coating substrate through 2024           96
  • Table 3.3 22 Technology transition table for spunlace in coating substrate through 2024 96
  • Table 3.3 23 Technology forecast for spunlace in industrial end uses through 2024         97
  • Table 3.3 24 Technology transition table for spunlace in industrial end uses   98
  • Figure 4.1 Typical card-card (CC) spunlace line             101
  • Table 4.4 1 Global spunlace consumption by process variant, 2014–24 (’000 tonnes)      103
  • Figure 4.2 Spunlace nonwovens market share by process variant, 2019 (tonnes)             104
  • Figure 4.3 Spunlace nonwovens market share by process variant, 2024 (tonnes)             105
  • Table 4.4 2 Global spunlace consumption by process variant, 2014–24 (million m2)        105
  • Table 4.4 3 Global spunlace consumption by process variant, 2014–24 ($ millions)          106
  • Table 4.4 4 Global consumption of card-card (CC) spunlace, 2014–24 (’000 tonnes, millions m2, $ millions)      109
  • Table 4.4 5 Global consumption of card/pulp/card (CPC) spunlace, 2014–24 (’000 tonnes, millions m2, $ millions)             110
  • Table 4.4 6 Global consumption of spunbond/pulp (SP) spunlace, 2014–24 (’000 tonnes, millions m2, $ millions)              113
  • Table 4.4 7 Global consumption of wetlaid spunlace (WLS), 2014–24 (’000 tonnes, millions m2, $ millions)       114
  • Table 4.4 8 Global consumption of hydroentangled airlaid (HEA) spunlace, 2014–24 (’000 tonnes, millions m2, $ millions) 116
  • Table 4.4 9 Global consumption of all other spunlace variants, 2014–24 (’000 tonnes, millions m2, $ millions)   118
  • Figure 5.1 Raw materials used in the production of spunlace nonwovens, 2019 (tonnes) 123
  • Figure 5.2 Raw materials used in the production of spunlace nonwovens, 2024 (tonnes) 125
  • Table 5.5 1 Spunlace nonwovens market by raw material type, 2014–24 (’000 tonnes)    125
  • Table 5.5 2 Market share of raw materials used for spunlace nonwovens, 2014–24 ($ millions)        126
  • Table 5.5 3 Biodegradable fibres for spunlace nonwovens, 2014–24, by volume (’000 tonnes)          129
  • Table 5.5 4 Biodegradable fibres for spunlace nonwovens, 2014–24, by value ($ million) 130
  • Table 5.5 5 Rayon/lyocell for spunlace nonwovens, by volume and value (’000 tonnes and $ million) 131
  • Table 5.5 6 Wood pulp for spunlace nonwovens, by volume and value (’000 tonnes and $ million)   134
  • Table 5.5 7 Cotton for spunlace nonwovens, by volume and value (’000 tonnes and $ million)         139
  • Table 5.5 8 Other materials for spunlace nonwovens, by volume and value (’000 tonnes and $ millions)           139
  • Table 5.5 9 Non-biodegradable fibres for spunlace, 2014–24 by volume (’000 tonnes)     146
  • Table 5.5 10 Non-biodegradable fibres for spunlace, 2014–24 by value ($ million)           147
  • Table 5.5 11 Polyester fibre for spunlace nonwovens, by value and volume ($ million and ’000 tonnes)            149
  • Table 5.5 12 Polypropylene fibre for spunlace nonwovens, by volume and value (’000 tonnes and $ millions)    151
  • Table 5.5 13 Spunbond polypropylene for spunlace nonwovens, by volume and value (’000 tonnes and $ millions)            153
  • Figure 6.1 Spunlace nonwovens consumption by end use, 2019 (tonnes)       156
  • Figure 6.2 Spunlace nonwovens consumption by end use, 2024 (tonnes)       156
  • Table 6.6 1 Spunlace nonwovens consumption, 2014–24 (’000 tonnes, million m2, $ millions)         155
  • Table 6.6 2 Spunlace nonwovens consumption by end use, 2014–24 (’000 tonnes)          157
  • Table 6.6 3 Spunlace nonwovens consumption by end use, 2014–24 (millions m2)          158
  • Table 6.6 4 Spunlace nonwovens consumption by end use, 2014–24 ($ millions)             159
  • Table 6.6 5 Spunlace nonwoven consumption and value in disposable end uses, 2014–24 161
  • Table 6.6 6 Spunlace nonwovens consumption and value in hygiene end uses, 2014–24  162
  • Table 6.6 7 Unmet needs for spunlace in hygiene end uses, 2019  163
  • Table 6.6 8 Spunlace nonwovens consumption and value in medical end uses, 2014–24  165
  • Table 6.6 9 Unmet needs for spunlace in medical end uses, 2019  165
  • Table 6.6 10 Spunlace nonwovens consumption and value in wipes end uses, 2014–24   166
  • Table 6.6 11 Unmet needs for spunlace in wipes end uses, 2019   167
  • Table 6.6 12 Spunlace nonwovens consumption and value in baby wipe end uses, 2014–24             168
  • Table 6.6 13 Spunlace nonwovens consumption and value in personal care wipe end uses, 2014–24 171
  • Table 6.6 14 Spunlace nonwovens consumption and value in adult moist toilet tissue, 2014–24       172
  • Table 6.6 15 Spunlace nonwovens consumption and value in toddler toilet care wipes, 2014–24      173
  • Table 6.6 16 Spunlace nonwovens consumption and value in feminine hygiene wipes, 2014–24       174
  • Table 6.6 17 Spunlace nonwovens consumption and value in cosmetic/facial wipes, 2014–24          174
  • Table 6.6 18 Spunlace nonwovens consumption and value in bath/AI wipes, 2014–24     175
  • Table 6.6 19 Spunlace nonwovens consumption and value in all other personal care wipes, 2014–24 175
  • Table 6.6 20 Spunlace nonwovens consumption and value in home care wipe end uses, 2014–24    177
  • Table 6.6 21 Spunlace nonwovens consumption and value in cleaning and disinfecting wipes, 2014–24            178
  • Table 6.6 22 Spunlace nonwovens consumption and value in all other home care wipes, 2014–24   179
  • Table 6.6 23 Spunlace nonwovens consumption and value in industrial wipe end uses, 2014–24      180
  • Table 6.6 24 Spunlace nonwovens consumption and value in all other disposable end uses, 2014–24 180
  • Table 6.6 25 Spunlace nonwoven consumption and value in durable end uses, 2014–24  181
  • Table 6.6 26 Spunlace nonwoven consumption and value in filter end uses, 2014–24      181
  • Table 6.6 27 Unmet needs for spunlace in filter end uses, 2019     182
  • Table 6.6 28 Spunlace nonwoven consumption and value in air/gas filter end uses, 2014–24           182
  • Table 6.6 29 Spunlace nonwoven consumption and value in liquid filter end uses, 2014–24             183
  • Table 6.6 30 Spunlace nonwoven consumption and value in apparel end uses, 2014–24  183
  • Table 6.6 31 Unmet needs for spunlace in apparel end uses, 2019 184
  • Table 6.6 32 Spunlace nonwoven consumption and value in coating substrate end uses, 2014–24    185
  • Table 6.6 33 Unmet needs for spunlace used in coating substrates, 2019       185
  • Table 6.6 34 Spunlace nonwoven consumption and value in industrial end uses, 2014–24 185
  • Table 6.6 35 Unmet needs for spunlace used in industrial end uses, 2019      186
  • Table 6.6 36 Spunlace nonwoven consumption and value in other durable end uses, 2014–24         187
  • Figure 7.1 Spunlace nonwovens consumption by region, 2019 (tonnes)          188
  • Figure 7.2 Spunlace nonwovens consumption by region, 2024 (tonnes)          189
  • Table 7.7 1 Spunlace nonwovens consumption by region, 2014–24 (’000 tonnes)            189
  • Table 7 7 2 Spunlace nonwovens consumption by region, 2014–24 (million square metres)             190
  • Table 7.7 3 Spunlace nonwovens consumption by region, 2014–24 ($ millions)               191
  • Table 7 4 North American spunlace consumption, 2014–24 (’000 tonnes)      194
  • Table 7.7 5 North American spunlace consumption, 2014–24 (million square metres)     194
  • Table 7.7 6 North American spunlace consumption, 2014–24 ($ millions)       195
  • Table 7.7 7 South American spunlace consumption, 2014–24 (’000 tonnes)    196
  • Table 7.7 8 South American spunlace consumption, 2014–24 (million square metres)     196
  • Table 7.7 9 South American spunlace consumption, 2014–24 ($ millions)       197
  • Table 7.7 10 European spunlace consumption, 2014–24 (’000 tonnes)           199
  • Table 7.7 11 European spunlace consumption, 2014–24 (million square metres)             199
  • Table 7.7 12 European spunlace consumption, 2014–24 ($ millions)              200
  • Table 7.7 13 Asian spunlace consumption, 2014–24 (’000 tonnes) 202
  • Table 7.7 14 Asian spunlace consumption, 2014–24 (million square metres)   202
  • Table 7.7 15 Asian spunlace consumption, 2014–24 ($ millions)    203
  • Table 7.7 16 ROW spunlace consumption, 2014–24 (’000 tonnes)  205
  • Table 7.7 17 ROW spunlace consumption, 2014–24 (million square metres)   205
  • Table 7.7 18 ROW spunlace consumption, 2014–24 ($ millions)     206
  • Figure 8.1 Top 30 spunlace producers, 2019 (installed capacity in tonnes)      216
  • Table 8.8 1 Major spunlace equipment suppliers, 2019 208
  • Table 8.8 2 Top 30 spunlace suppliers in 2019              213